17th-27th July 2014
COMMONWEALTH FILM + THEATRE FESTIVAL
Welcome to the
Commonwealth Film and Theatre Festival,
Without the following CFTF 2014 would not have been possible. A big thanks for funding, support and efforts to
a project of the School of Culture and Creative Arts of the University of Glasgow. Thanks to the 2014 Commonwealth Games this summer the world’s attention will turn towards Glasgow. In these times of celebration the CFTF wants to honour the cultural diversity of both our ever-changing city and the worldwide Commonwealth community. For eleven days we invite you to a variety of events from ﬁlm screenings, over outdoor and indoor theatre performances , to other special events around the West End of Glasgow. Our selection of ﬁlms comes from around the world and tells stories from London's West End to Nassau's slums, from Australian high schools to Grenadian chocolate factories and from Bangladeshi migrant workers in Pakistan to Muslim female soccer players in Zanzibar.
Funder Celebrate The National Lottery Project Supporter University of Glasgow School of Culture and Creative Arts CFTF Staff & Support Kathi Kamleitner Artistic Director Martin Petrov Festival Producer Cara Berger Festival Organiser (Theatre)
The theatre performances shine the spotlight on Glasgow's people and places through audio tours of Kelvingrove Park and the Merchant City, a piece of visual theatre based on conversations with regulars at a soup kitchen and an immersive performance that asks: “What can we do with the world?”.
Juliet Walmsley Graphics & Design
Along with the main programme our sidebar events connect short ﬁlms with discussions, meditation with Indian music and people with nature.
Dimitris Eleftheriotis Anselm Heinrich Project Initiators
The Commonwealth Film and Theatre Festival is a meeting place for everyone – those who grew up in Glasgow, those who chose the city as their home and those visiting for the Commonwealth Games.
Kathi Kamleitner Artistic Director (Film)
Ailsa Boyd Julie Smith Finance Support
David Archibald Mitchell Miller Advisors-Panel our collaboration partners Lizelle Bischoff Africa in Motion Film Festival Cayley James Lindsay Reid Document – Human Rights Film Festival
Martin Petrov Festival Producer (Film)
Scotland Kirtan Tim Cowen Sarah Sall Woodlands Community Garden
Cara Berger Festival Organiser (Theatre) Info The Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival is being held at the University of Glasgow and surrounding areas. All ﬁlm screenings: Andrew Stewart Cinema Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ Indoor theatre performances: James Arnott Theatre & Performance studio Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ All other locations are individually stated in the following programme section. All CFTF events are free and non-ticketed.
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I Have Your Heart Jim Batt, Australia 2012, 4' Ae Fond Kiss Ken Loach, UK 2004, 104'
6.30pm, Festival Preview
Beach Boy Emil Langballe, UK/Kenya 2013, 27' Rain Maria Govan, Bahamas 2008, 93'
5.30pm Hagar and the Angel Workshop Jetties, Performance Studio, 120’
July 24 July 17 7pm,
Scotland for Fitness Screen Archive, UK 1938, 11' Sixteen Rob Brown, UK 2013, 80' Followed by a Wine Reception
The Language of Love Laura Scrivano, Australia 2013, 10' Children of God Kareem Mortimer, Bahamas 2009, 104'
12 am- 6pm, hourly Scattered Limbs Nomad, Tron Theatre Entrance 7pm Panel Discussion: Housing in Glasgow Andrew Stewart Cinema 7.30pm Followed by a Wine Reception Bloom Vocal Point, James Arnott Theatre
2pm A picnic with nature and ﬁlm Stewart Memorial Fountain, Kelvingrove Park 3.30pm Moon Man Stephan Schesch/Sarah Clara Weber, France/ Germany/Ireland 2012, 95'
July 25 7pm I'm Talented , Abimbola OGunsanya Nigeria 2012, 20' The Urban Farm Onur Karaman, Canada 2012, 87’ 12am –2pm & 3 – 6pm eco-location Philipp Hugo, Sarah Stier, JasmineThompson ,Gilmorehill Centre Foyer 7.30pm The Atlas of Transformation Sarah Bradley, James Arnott Theatre
July 20 3.30pm Indian Experience: Kirtan Woodlands Community Garden 7pm Wind of Change Julia Dahr, Norway/Kenya 2012, 40' Nothing Like Chocolate Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Grenada 2012, 70'
July 21 6.30pm Wealth of a Nation Screen Archive, UK 1938, 16' Workingman's Death Michael Glawogger, Austria/Germany 2005, 122'
July 26 4pm Family Screening Zambezia Wayne Thornley, South Africa/ Mongolia 2012, 83' 7pm The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, India/ France Germany/USA 2013, 104'
Closing Night 4 and 20 Fit Girls Screen Archive, UK 1942, 22' Zanzibar Soccer Queens Florence Ayisi, UK 2006,53’ Followed by a Wine Reception
Preview Screening – Africa in Motion Film Festival Thursday 10 July, 6.30pm On July 10 the Africa in Motion Film Festival will host an exclusive preview of the Commonwealth Film and Theatre Festival. For those of you new to AiM, it is an annual African ﬁlm festival screening African ﬁlms and other related events. Its touring programme of African sports ﬁlms entitled Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth and journeys across Scotland leading up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. http://www.africa-in-motion.org.uk/ Rain A teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a rural island in the Bahamas. When she dies, Rain moves back to Nassau to live with her drug-abusive mother, Glory. Confronted with a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighbourhood called “The Graveyard” and the lack of a strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength.
Maria Govan, Bahamas 2008, 93' with Renel Naomi Brown, Nicki Micheaux, Irma P. Hall English
Beach Boy Like the majority of young Kenyans, Juma dreams of a better life abroad. His girlfriend has left to work in Qatar, allowing the young man to fully thrust himself into his work as a 'companion' to elderly European women who spend their vacations at local resort hotels. With this documentary Langballe directs our attention behind the facade and investigates local female sex tourism based on a false sense of romance.
Emil Langballe,UK/Kenya 2013, 27’ English, Swahili w/ Engl. Subtitles
Films A-Z 4 and 20 Fit Girls How do you keep ﬁt between work, household chores and watching the Games on the telly? This educational ﬁlm from 1942 is admittedly and luckily out of date, but nevertheless enjoyable with a wink.
Scottish Screen Archive UK 1942, 22’ English Sunday 27 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema followed by Zanzibar Soccer Queens
Ae Fond Kiss Ae Fond Kiss is Ken Loach's classic about the hardship of a relationship between a Glaswegian DJ with Pakistani heritage, Casim and his younger sister's music teacher, Roisin. But not only is she 'goree', a white woman, she is also Irish and catholic, things that may not go down well with Casim's parents. They start a relationship but Casim is torn between following his heart and being a good son.
Ken Loach, UK 2004, 104' with Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthisle, Ahmad Riaz English, Punjab w/ engl. subtitles Tuesday 22 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Children of God
Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay ﬁrebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conﬂicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways.
Kareem Mortimer, Bahamas 2009, 104' with Johnny Ferro, Stephen T. Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp English Friday 18 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema
I have your heart Love will overcome all obstacles. This beautifully animated ﬁlm is the story of a good girl with a bad heart, and the boy whose death will save her life.
Jim Batt, Australia 2012, 4' English Tuesday 22 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema followed by Ae Fond Kiss
Iâ€™m Talented A collaboration with Africa in Motion Film Festival The young Nigerians portrayed in this documentary are talented, enthusiastic and committed to pursue their dreams. But the lack of money and connections stops them from getting on. Their misfortune is a lament for the waste of talent and the economic situation of Nigeria. Abimbola Ogunsanya, Nigeria 2012, 20' English
Friday 25 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Followed by The Urban Farm The Language of Love The aim was to pick up chicks by sounding like a Frenchman. Hasn't really worked out yet." Charlie is a mess. His best friend is not talking to him, he can't concentrate on his work and now the clock is ticking on his french exam. But the courage to speak can come from the most unlikely places.
Laura Scrivano, Australia 2013, 10' with Kim Ho English
Friday 18 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Followed by Children of God The Lunchbox
Middle-class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another ofďŹ ce worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Her curiosity begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship.
Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany/USA 2013, 104' with Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui English, Hindi w/ engl. subtitles
Saturday 26 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema
A collaboration with Woodlands Community Garden The man on the moon is bored. One day, he hitches a ride to Earth on the tails of a passing comet — an "attack from outer space” that sets alarm bells ringing in the President of Earth’s headquarters — and starts to explore the fantastical creatures and sights of a new planet. But all is not well — the Moon Man's absence from his post means that all the world's children are unable to sleep. Before the President can capture him, they must join forces to return him to his rightful place in the sky. Stephan Schesch/Sarah Clara Weber, France/ Germany/Ireland 2012, 95' English, Family Screening For more info see Special Events
Saturday 19 July, 3.30pm Andrew Stewart Cinema
Nothing like Chocolate Nothing like Chocolate tells the compelling story of anarchist chocolate maker, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Cooperative, as he pursues his unique vision to create the best chocolate in the world, ethically and taste-wise. The documentary follows him on his revolutionary venture and and offers a comprehensive portrait of the world's chocolate industry.
Kum-kum Bhavnani, Grenada 2012, 70' English
Sunday 20 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema
Screened with Wind of Change
Scotland For Fitness Scotland's sports clubs and the great outdoors attract thousands of sports enthusiasts and adventurers – an asset that this ﬁlm made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition spotlights in a fantastic way. The ﬁlm includes shots of various sports and healthy activities such as football, stretching, dancing, swimming, hiking, climbing, walking, camping, weight lifting and gym exercises. Scottish Screen Archive, UK 1938, 11' English
Thursday 17 July, 7pm
Andrew Stewart Cinema Followed by Sixteen
Sixteen Jumah is about to turn 16 and is already in need of a fresh start. Burdened with the shameful legacy of a past as a child soldier in the Congo, he lives with his adoptive mother in West London where he struggles to keep a lid on his history of violence. One night, enjoying a rare carefree evening out with a new friend, Jumah witnesses something that seems to draw him inescapably into his old ways. As he and others around him begin to question whether he can ever stop being a soldier, he is set on a path to ﬁnd out who he truly wishes to be.
Rob Brown, UK 2013, 80' with Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day, English, Thursday 17 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema, Opening ﬁlm
The Urban Farm They have no job, no ambition, no girlfriend and probably no future. Every day, Karim picks up his friend J.P., the local pot dealer, and the two young men lounge on a park bench all day. Alone or with José, they wait — not for Godot, but for one of their freaky customers to call or drop by. These 'businessmen' have one goal in mind: to chill and smoke pot till sundown. Onur Karaman, Canada 2012, 87' with Karim Jallal, Raphael Lacaille, Dominic Quarré French w/ engl. subtitles Friday 25 July, 7pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema
Wealth of a Nation
For decades the shipbuilding industry was Scotland's foremost engine. This documentary, made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, compares the new and the old industries of the country and leaves an impression to keep in mind upon the main feature of the evening.
Scottish Screen Archive, UK 1938, 16' English Monday 21 July, 6.30pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Followed by Workingman’s death
Wind Of Change A collaboration with Document - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Meet Kisilu Musya – a strong and caring Kenyan farmer and family man with big dreams and visions for his family and their future. The ﬁlm follows the family during the rainy season in Kenya,
Julia Dahr, Norway/Kenya 2012, 40’, English, Kikamba w/ engl. subtitles Sunday 20 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema screened with Nothing Like Chocolate Workingman’s Death Is heavy manual labor disappearing or is it just becoming invisible? Where can we still ﬁnd it in the 21st century? Workingman's Death follows the trail of the heroes in the illegal mines of the Ukraine,
Michael Glawogger, Austria/Germany 2005, 122' English Monday 21 July, 6.30pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Zambezia Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, Zambezia is the story of Kai - a naïve, but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of 'Zambezia' where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.
Wayne Thornley, South Africa/Mongolia 2012, 83' English Saturday 26 July, 4pm Andrew Stewart Cinema Zanzibar Soccer Queens A collaboration with Africa in Motion Film Festival Meet the Women's Fighters, an all female soccer team in Zanzibar. Their passion for soccer transcends gender boundaries and challenges the traditional image of women in their predominantly Muslim society. Florence Ayisi, UK 2006, 53' English Sunday 27 July, 7pm Andrew Stewart Cinema
Theatre performances and workshops Ha ar and the An el Workshop Jetties Wednesday 23 July, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Performance Studio This workshop invites you to explore intercultural stories and experiences relevant to your own lives through words, sound and movement, taking a journey that focuses on arrival and departure, placement and displacement, belonging and accepting. To participate in the workshop email: email@example.com Scattered Limbs Nomad Thursday 24 July, hourly, 12 am – 6 pm Tron Theatre Entrance Should auld acquaintance be forgot? A guided audio walk exploring the histories of the tobacco trade and slavery in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Using historical source material and testimonies Nomad have created a soundscape to allow audiences to navigate the modern regenerated Merchant City, and it’s layered past simultaneously. To book a slot email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloom Vocal Point Thursday 24 July, 7.30 p.m. James Arnott Theatre A piece of visual storytelling inspired by tales of poverty in Glasgow that were uncovered in conversations with regulars at a soup kitchen in the heart of the city. Telling the lives of two fascinating individuals and their plight, Bloom reﬂects the cyclic, hereditary and, at times, contagious nature of poverty.
eco-location Friday 25 July, hourly, 12 am – 2 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm Gilmorehill Centre Foyer Sarah Stier, Jasmine Thompson, Philipp Hugo How do you know where you are? How do you exist and interact with environments, objects and other animate beings? An audio walk in Kelvingrove Park that invites you to explore your personal relationship with the diverse entities within it. To book a slot email: email@example.com
The Atlas of Transformation Sarah Bradley Friday 25 July, 7.30 pm James Arnott Theatre I ask you a question? How did we go so wrong? Are you with me here? What can do with the world? A new immersive piece of theatre that will attempt to map out a world and our place on it, in a cross between a geography seminar, Art Attack and a party.
Special Events A PICNIC WITH NATURE AND FILM
A collaboration with Woodlands Community Garden
Spend some quality time outside with the entire family! Our fun and interactive activities will help you and your children to re-connect to nature in a fun way. Prepare for a Scotland's Big 5 quiz and nature trail, colour postcards to collect your favourite natural summer colours and much more. Feel free to bring along a blanket and lunch for our big communal picnic in the park! Later we will head to the cinema and see the animation ﬁlm Moon Man. This event is part of the Bio-Diversity project of the Woodlands Community Garden and the ﬁlm has been especially selected for a young audience. SAT 19 JULY, 14:00, Stewart Memorial Fountain, Kelvingrove Park followed by Moon Man, 15:30, Andrew Stewart Cinema.
INDIAN EXPERIENCE: KIRTAN A collaboration with Scotland Kirtan We are delighted to invite you to experience Kirtan - an ancient participatory enchanting mantra music experience. As one of the oldest sacred music traditions from India it serves to quiet the mind and bring us back to the centre of our own. Accompanied by the music of Scotland Kirtan we will meet at the Woodlands Community Garden to spend an hour listening, relaxing and meditating. Throughout this summer Scotland Kirtan will host weekly Kirtan sessions all over Scotland. https://www.facebook.com/kirtanscotland SUN 20 JULY, 15:30, Woodlands Community Garden, 91-111 West Princes Street, G4 9BY Glasgow
PANEL DISCUSSION: Housing in Glasgow Housing in Glasgow has been a hot topic of conversation ever since the city’s population exploded in the ﬁrst half of the last century and the regeneration plans for Dalmarnock in relation to the Commonwealth Games have recently added fuel to the ﬂames. The Drouth’s Mitchell Miller will moderate a panel discussion exploring the intentions of residential architecture, the grand visions of politics and the human impact of regeneration. The other panel guests will be announced closer to the date – keep your eyes on our website! GLASGOW 1980 Scottish Screen Archive, UK 1971, 30’ LAMENT FOR THE GLASGOW HIGH RISE Doug Cameron, UK 2014, 10’ JACONELLI Chris Leslie, UK 2012, 13’ THU 24 JULY, 19:00, Andrew Stewart Cinema